Red Flag Warning
Issued by NWS Albuquerque, NM

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URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Albuquerque NM
450 AM MST Wed Feb 22 2017

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 6 PM TODAY FOR THE
EASTERN PLAINS AND NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS BELOW SIGNIFICANT SNOWPACK
DUE TO STRONG WINDS...LOW HUMIDITY AND AN UNSTABLE ATMOSPHERE...

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 7 PM THURSDAY FOR ALL
OF THE EAST AND LOWER TO MIDDLE RIO GRANDE VALLEY DUE TO STRONG
WINDS...LOW HUMIDITY AND AN UNSTABLE ATMOSPHERE...

.A Classic break down of an upper level ridge of high pressure,
downslope wind and low humidity pattern will be with us the next
couple of days. Today will be the more unstable day with record
to near record high temperatures and unusually high mixing
heights. Thursday will be the stronger wind day as the main jet
stream zooms over the area. The airmass will be quite dry across
the eastern plains...and especially northeast plains today, then
will spread to other areas of the state on Thursday following a
cold front passage. Single digit humidity values for a period of
time is expected across the plains.

NMZ103-104-108-230100-
/O.CON.KABQ.FW.W.0004.170222T1900Z-170223T0100Z/
/O.CON.KABQ.FW.W.0005.170223T1900Z-170224T0200Z/
Northeast Highlands-Northeast Plains-East Central Plains-
450 AM MST Wed Feb 22 2017

...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 6 PM MST
THIS EVENING...
...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 7 PM MST
THURSDAY...

* AREA AND TIMING...Northeast Highlands and Eastern plains both
  Wednesday and Thursday afternoons as well as into early
  Thursday evening.

* 20 FOOT WINDS...West 20 to 35 mph with gusts of 45 to 50 mph
  today. West 25 to 45 mph with gusts of 55 to 65 mph Thursday.


* RELATIVE HUMIDITY...Minimum values of 8 to 14 percent. Lowest
  values across the northeast on Wednesday and east central
  plains on Thursday.

* IMPACTS...Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.
  Outdoor burning is not recommended.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Please advise the appropriate officials or fire crews in the
field of this Red Flag Warning.

&&

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NMZ106-107-230100-
/O.CON.KABQ.FW.W.0005.170223T1900Z-170224T0200Z/
Middle Rio Grande Valley-Sandia...Manzano and Gallinas Mountains-
450 AM MST Wed Feb 22 2017

...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 7 PM MST
THURSDAY...

* AREA AND TIMING...Middle Rio Grande Valley and Sandia...
  Manzano and Gallinas mountains below significant snowpack
  Thursday afternoon to early evening.

* 20 FOOT WINDS...West 20 to 40 mph with gusts of 50 to 60 mph
  favoring areas along and east of the central mountains.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY...Minimum values between 8 TO 16 percent.
  Lowest values across Socorro county.

* IMPACTS...Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.
  Outdoor burning is not recommended.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Please advise the appropriate officials or fire crews in the
field of this Red Flag Warning.

&&

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